As part of our move from Maskachusetts to the Florida Free State I had to spend some time cleaning out a shed attached to the back of our garage. Under the no-squirrel-is-illegal principle, rodents had occupied the fiberglass-insulated attic of said garage, which resulted in a shower of fiberglass fragments and dust into the shed.
To protect my lungs against the fiberglass dust and years of ordinary dust, I donned an N95 mask (March 2020 value: $100!) given to me by a dentist friend (she buys them 3,000 at a time). Ready to enter the variant COVID-19 clinic, right? Within a minute, I began sneezing from the dust that had apparently slipped around the edges of the mask.
Hospitals employ professional mask fitters and make at least 6 different sizes and shapes of N95 masks available to patient-facing staff. Now I know why!
- Keeping the faith, coronapanic edition (guy who never leaves the house within an N95 mask, a cloth mask on top of the N95 mask, and goggles and… got COVID-19 anyway)
- “A Glut of Chinese Masks Are Driving U.S. Companies Out of Business” (NYT, May 29): “Remember when N95s were in short supply? American companies stepped in to manufacture them. Now, they can’t compete.”